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The Charisma Myth Book Review

Yes, you can be charismatic and Fox Cabane shows you how.

As someone who has been researching nonverbal communication for years, I was interested in reading the advanced copy of Olivia Fox Cabane's The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism. Firstly, the myth she refers to is that either you have charisma or you do not, and thus reading and participating in trainings are pointless. Fox Cabane's book instantly pans this myth and offers insight into how anyone can develop charisma.

The Charisma Myth is a 234-page book divided into 13 chapters, with each offering guidance on charisma based on previous scientific research and work she has done with an impressive list of clients from a variety of backgrounds.

The Charisma Myth is a book that will be of value to professionals and practitioners who rely on effective communication in order to be successful in their work. Fox Cabane's distinct writing style has the ability to motivate the reader into believing it is possible to increase and create an individual charismatic style. She makes reading each chapter both informational and fun. 

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The book shares what the author believes are the main components of charisma: presence, power, and warmth, while later in the book it offers methods to develop each as well as overcoming obstacles such as creating comfort in uncomfortable situations.

Throughout each chapter, Fox Cabane offers exercises allowing you to put to practice each of the skills she offers. Each exercise is practical and easy, however she does acknowledge in her down-to-earth manner, which is consistent throughout the book, that some might seem odd to try at first. It is relieving to know I was not alone in thinking that, and it was reassuring that she realizes this and encourages the reader to still try it.

Adding further value to the book are the chapter summaries, and more exercises at the conclusion of the book. For people who like to delve deeper into the research that is cited in the book but does not clutter each chapter, Fox Cabane neatly compiles each reference in the notes section.

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If you are interested in increasing your ability to be charismatic in your unique setting or employment, this book will give you direct skills to use in a style that will have you believing (and practicing) starting with the introduction and increasing with each chapter.

Olivia Fox Cabane's The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism is available at Amazon.com [HERE] and other websites and locations.

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Jeff Thompson is a Ph.D. candidate researching nonverbal communication and mediation at Griffith University Law School.

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